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We are happy to announce the 20 shortlisted best ideas of the iVoice innovative idea competition selected by the independent panel of judges. The 20 shortlisted competitors will participate in the final round of the competition on 20 and 21 September in Colombo. With the assistance of iVoice team, Sri…

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Ministry of Women and Child Affairs is in the process of submitting a comprehensive National Action Plan for Women Headed Households to the Cabinet for approval, prior to the initial hearings of the 2018 Budget.  In Sri Lanka, one in four households are headed by women, of which…

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27-Aug-2017 Ajith- Ivoice Team

This is a touching story about a young man. Although it is a personal matter in one sense, it is about a problem common to certain communities of this country. Therefore, I hide the true identity of the protagonists of this story. Let’s call him Thilak. He was born…

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He is Withanage Jayawardana Perera; we call him ‘Jaya’. I have travelled many times in the office vehicle driven by him. On one such tour, we visited Rambukkana to write a media report on a medical clinic that had been set up following the 2016 landslide. The clinic…

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According to Sri Lanka Labour Force Survey – 2015, only 38.5 percent of Sri Lankan women over 20 years of age are in the labour force. One major reason for women to be out of labour force is the obligations towards children. Childcare is mainly mother's duty in Sri Lankan social…

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That was a remote corner of Batticaloa district. Nobody scored 8As in O/Ls in that small village other than Sara. She became  the talk of the town in that very night  O/L results were released! She didn’t come from a well to do family, she was the eldest daughter…

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The way the movies get their names is interesting. I wrote about Iraj Weerarathna’s Cleopatra You Tube movie arguing that it was promoting rape and violence against women. I wrote that the name Cleopatra given to the main character of the video had no connection to the 1st century…

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Is Social media creating the illusion of activism? An interesting question asked by a participant @thariqfuad at the question and answer session held after the panel discussion in the official launch of iVoice.lk (Await for video of the event) In the following video, some…

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Rohan is an A/L student from Sabaragamuwa. He has volunteered and been part of several youth groups and United Nations youth programmed. Rohan believes that comprehensive reproductive education is lacking in Sri Lanka. Here’s an interview at the UNFPA Sabaragamuwa Youth Policy Stakeholder Consultation.  (This article was originally published in…

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Sri Lanka: 1 in 4 people are youth.   This means that there are 4.7 million young people between the ages of 15–29 years living in Sri Lanka. As agents of change, young girls and boys have…

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09-Oct-2015 iVoice Staff- Ivoice Team

Today the Daily Mirror reported that the national plan to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient by 2020 may not happen. Apparently, our cattle and buffalo population had decreased by 7.2% in 2013, and in 2014 that fell by a massive 21%. There’s more about it here in the Agriculture…

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October 11 was the International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme was “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Data Movement” which means that what counts for girls is to be counted. United Nations General Assembly voted to pass the resolution 66/170 on December 19, 2011 adopting October 11, 2012…